About the Artist:
Alexander’s passion for waterways and education is rooted in his upbringing along the shores of Lake Memphremagog in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where a love of fishing, birdwatching, and maple sugaring alongside his siblings and grandfather formalized his passion for ecology and culture. Alexander is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he studied Environmental and Native American Studies, and has worked in conservation programming at Audubon Vermont, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and the university’s rare books and archives collections to explore his interest in local environmental history and highlighting underrepresented narratives to arrive at a “usable past.” As a member of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, Alexander is particularly passionate about exploring the ways in which Indigenous communities relate to Vermont’s landscapes, and actively works to highlight the Western Abenaki language and culture in his work with the Tribe.
Hear the Poems:
Feeding the Chickadees
Paki Nebi – Like Water
Learn more about the poems from the author:
Feeding the Chickadees explanation
Paki Nebi explanation